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Gulfport man sentenced after robbing Dollar General; Money bag found by tracking device

Gulfport man sentenced after robbing Dollar General; Money bag found by tracking device

Gulfport, Miss. (WLOX) – Earlier this week a Gulfport man was sentenced to twenty years in prison after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of a Dollar General at Pass Road in 2020.

District Attorney W. Crosby Parker announced Thursday that 24-year-old Aundra Cain, of Gulfport, had been sentenced to twenty years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Judge Bourgeois also ordered that Cain’s twenty-year sentence run for the fifteen consecutive years Cain was already serving.

The crime occurred around 8:20 p.m. on September 5, 2020, when a Dollar General clerk called Gulfport police to inform that he had been robbed at the store, according to court documents. He said a masked gunman came up to him in a corridor, took out a silver gun and demanded that he open the safe of the shop.

He did not have a safe, so the gunman demanded that he vacate the register. The pair went to the register, where the clerk placed the money and a tracking device inside a plastic bag and gave it to the can, who then fled the store.

The tracking company then contacted Gulfport Police and provided the location of its tracking device. Using those locations, Gulfport Police, along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, found a suspicious vehicle on Deedox Road.

An officer tried to stop traffic on the vehicle, but Cain fled and was later found hiding in a carport at a home on Dedox Road.

“After his arrest, police found the money, a dollar general receipt and tracking device inside a plastic bag in front of the defendant’s pants,” said Assistant DA Matthew D. Burrell, who prosecuted the case. “Police also recovered a silver handcuff and a sweatshirt inside the defendant’s car, which corresponded to what was described by the clerk and observed on video surveillance inside the store.”

DA Parker said, “We commend the clerk for his quick thinking in installing the tracking device in the money paid to the respondent.” “We also appreciate the Gulfport Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department working together to locate the defendant and apprehend an armed and dangerous criminal.”

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